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Risks and complications
The risks and complications of removing
wisdom teeth will be explained prior to any
treatment. Possible complications following
wisdom tooth removal can include:
Damage to the nerves that travel to and
supply feeling to the wisdom teeth and
nearby parts of the face. This can cause
feelings of numbness or 'pins and
needles' in the parts of the face and
mouth that these nerves give feeling to.
A dry socket.
Swelling and/or infection.
Damage to nearby teeth.
Difficulty opening the mouth, often
associated with swelling.
An opening from the mouth to the
maxillary sinus (upper wisdom teeth
When is the best time to
Wisdom teeth that are causing problems or
at high risk of causing problems in the future
are best removed at a younger age.
Removing these teeth by around age 25 is
easier than doing so at an older age.
If you are experiencing issues with your
wisdom teeth, it is best to see your dentist.
They can provide you with personalised
advice. Visit the Australian Dental
Association's (ADA) Find-A-Dentist service
to find an ADA member dentist near you.
Will I need to take time
Depending on the difficulty of the treatment,
it may be necessary to take a few days off
work. After a general anaesthetic, you are
unable to drive for 48 hours.
After any tooth extraction, it is best to avoid
Find out more
Head to the ADA's new website